My qualifications that demonstrate my ability to be an asset to your Master Degree program of Education of the Deaf, is my background in Deaf Studies where I have received my Associate degree at Quinsigamond Community college. Furthermore, my degree has allotted me the necessary communication skills and cultural sensitivity, needed in order for me to work with the individual who has been the diagnosis of hard of hearing and deaf. In addition to my educational background, some of the following course have further my ability to better understand and work with individuals within the American Sign Language community is my Intermediate ASL 1&2,
One of the people I met was a woman named Kim. Kim goes to Florida State College at Jacksonville and her major is Art. She is taking ASL II and she loves exercising. Kim and I became friends at the event. She and I signed for 30 minutes; then I met Michelle's daughter Rebecca. She was 11 years old and was not deaf. She was very good in ASL. She taught me new signs such as major, yesterday, and a new way to sign Pensacola. I learned so much from Rebecca. Next, Kim and I met Brad and Dianna. Bray is a high school teacher and he's deaf. He told me his story about growing up as a deaf child. Also, he graduated from UNF three years ago. Dianna was an older student at UNF and taking ASL III. She can hear but has a hearing aid in her ear. She was teaching Kim and me some different signs which were very helpful. Also, Dianna was helping us to identify people at the event by describing the person's appearances. It was a fun experience and reminded me doing the activity in
Members of the deaf community share common values, traditions, norms; and, most importantly, they share a language. Deaf people do not think of themselves as being handicapped, disabled or impaired and do not perceive themselves as having lost something. The deaf community does
Through the deaf eyes is a film about what is like to be deaf; it also tells us about the history, as well as challenges deaf culture has faced. It speaks about Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc the creators of the first school for the deaf, also deaf clubs, and people today who have changed perspectives of the deaf community. Gallaudet University was the first environment where deaf community can come together and begin their history and culture teaching deaf children how to speak would benefit them more in the future; however that was not the case, and many thought it was a waste out time as they got older. They feel that they should have focused on sign language, so that they can learn more instead of spending years on learn to
Growing up in a small-town I was literally in a culture bubble. There were almost no deaf people. I just never had the opportunity to converse with someone who is deaf. As I was reading this book I noticed my internal motivation for learning ASL was changing. I now want to learn as much ASL as I possibly can, so I can chat with those I come in contact with that are deaf or hard of hearing. I never realized that St. George was such a big area in deaf individuals. I always saw it as a winter getaway and vacation spot, but for them, it is their lifetime home. In the book, I thought it was cool that he told the story about how his family treated him and it made him feel like an outsider and that he needed to change. I never want to be that hearing person that makes others feel like they aren’t worth it because they are deaf and they need to change. From now on my plan is to respect and encourage the deaf to be themselves and never push them to become something they are not. This book opened my eyes to the world outside of the bubble and I’m grateful for
How about norms? Norm are the behavior and cues within a society or groups and norms are also known as the rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. Individuals who fail to follow the norms of the society in which they live often kind of a negative reaction from their peers. As the values, the deaf and the hearing have different norms. As the deaf community is much more physical like tapping in the back, touching is more casually because they cannot hear if you call them, while the hearing community is much more verbal and typically is uncomfortable with frequent touch. With language, deaf people use ASL, which is American Sign Language and it is the preferred language in the deaf community. It is a visual and gestural language. Despite what many people believe, those who use ASL do not sign in English word order, nor an auditory or written language. However, ASL has its own syntax and grammar. With Behavior norm: in deaf culture, eye contact is necessary for effectively communication because in ASL facial
Throughout the documentary film Through Deaf Eyes, I felt amazed by deaf culture. The deaf culture is a versatile, rich, and unique community that more people need to be aware of. When the film was covering the transition of ASL schools to oral only I mostly felt ashamed of my own culture. Someone as Alexander Graham Bell, who is naturally considered one of the greatest inventors in the hearing world, believed that the language used by the deaf community was not a language. The hearing world is the most dominant one, there is no doubt. However, there has to be an understanding that not everyone who is different from the “typical” is “atypical”. A language is nothing but patterns of signs, symbols, and/or sounds that are used to convey meaning. In what manner does sign language not fit the category of a language?
In the essay, “Deafness/Disability - problematising notions of identity, culture and structure, Mairian Corker focuses on the tension between Deaf and disabled people. As Corker analyzes the division between Deaf and disabled people she reflects on Margaret Archer’s views. Corker explains that Margaret Archer viewed “ the structural (‘parts’) and cultural (‘people’) domains are substantively different, as well as being relatively autonomous from each other” (Corker 2002). Throughout her essay Corker talks about the different theories in Deaf studies and disability studies to explain the same issues. These issues include identity, culture,
“Sorry, no. You’re deaf.” That is what Keith Nolan was told too many times to count. Because of ideologies, the general public considers deaf individuals to be handicapped or disabled. However, this is not the case. Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are more than capable of doing most of the things hearing people can do. In this paper, I relate the Ted Talk, “Deaf in the Military,” to communities of practice.
Speaking in the presence of a Deaf person is considered impolite. You are being disrespectful and inconsiderate, especially if you know ASL and choose to speak instead. By speaking, you exclude them from the conversation. I am definitely guilty about speaking rather than signing in the classroom. I really try to not speak during class but when people verbally ask me questions I feel obliged to answer them, and it is hard not to say the answer. I like signing in the classroom a lot, it allows for complete immersion into the language and is simply fun to do. Learning ASL is especially fun when voice is not being heard because you understand it on a deeper level and learn it better by figuring out what signs mean without speaking. You understand why the sign is what it is rather than just
Prior to reading these chapters I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I have never really been exposed to the Deaf- World. I have watched shows such as Switched at Birth, but I know that it doesn’t completely portray the real Deaf- Community. I was extremely interested in seeing their side of the story and gaining insight on the life they live. I decided to read chapters one, and two. The first chapter is an introduction into the Deaf World, in a story format it shows major differences between the world of the Deaf and the hearing. While the second chapter talks about the struggles of a deaf child, and mainly the two different approaches between deaf and hearing parents. Overall, the beginning two chapters of A Journey into the Deaf- World
For my book report I decided to choose the book Deaf Like Me written by Thomas and James Spradley, copy write by Gallaudet University Press in 1987. I was beyond pleased with my choice of book and reading it has been a great experience. I would recommend this book to anyone and believe that they would have the same experience that I did.
So, I stood up and talked to people and they were very welcoming, and it made me more relaxed. They understood that I was a ASL student and one of the people I talked to even knew Rusty. After the intermission was over it back to not understanding a thing that the speakers were saying. It was like I game where I had to laugh and cheer when everyone else did. But I was enjoying myself a little more after chatting with a few people. After this event I felt like I got a little taste of what Mark had experienced in the book Deaf Again, but the roles were switched I was hearing in an all deaf environment instead of being deaf in a hearing environment like mark was. Although this type of event could have scared me away from future deaf events it didn’t. The reason why I am looking forward to events like this in the future is because I’m going to persevere and improve so next time ill understand a little more and sooner or later ill understand everything that’s going on. Knowing how bad my ASL is makes me just want to get better. Therefore, there are many things I could improve onto make my future experiences better and I’m looking forward to the next
Imagine how communication is done between those people who do not have the ability to hear or speak. Of course, there must be some ways of communication that are convenient for the deaf people to communicate. The founder of the American Sign Language , Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, discovered the new way of communicating between the deaf people. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was inspired by a young deaf girl named Alice Cogswell, which was his next door neighbor. His neighbor, Dr. Mason Cogswell was a prominent Hartford physician, he was concerned about proper education for his nine years old deaf daughter. Dr. Mason Cogswell’s idea motivated Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet to travel around Europe to study methods for teaching deaf students
He explained to me that he had not always been Deaf, but got into an accident at work when he was about my age but he had taken a few ASL classes back in highschool so he knew he still had a way to communicate with his bestfriend who had taken the class with him. During the time I was there I saw all these people who were incredibly fluent and confident with their signing but they were also incredibly friendly and willing to slow down for a novice like me. Since I didn’t have full sign awarness and don’t know every caviot of ASL I found myself having to rely on having them either act out or fingerspell the concpet that they were trying to express to me. That or I had to do the same. Though I was able to have a few meaningful and lovely conversations during this encounter I did stay back and watch more than participate. I also met a person from Bellevue communtiy college who was learning ASL too although they had been signing for about a year and a half and were significantly more fluent than I. I think that this served as a primary experience on what skills I need improving on, fingerspelling is a primary one as the signs I knew, people were able to understand but, when I had to spell something out I usually had to repeat it atleast two